Election Day is Nov. 5, and one of the items on the ballot is Proposition 8, the flood infrastructure fund amendment.

If passed, the Texas Water Development Board would be authorized to use the fund for projects related to flood drainage, mitigation and control. The Texas State Legislature also passed Senate Bill 7 (SB 7), which would go into effect if voters approve the ballot measure, to implement Proposition 8. SB 7 would provide specifics regarding how the fund can be spent and the process for local governments to receive money from the fund for projects.

"Its passage can help us and rural communities like us deal with flood control," said Tia Rae Stone, Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center president.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., citizens are encouraged to flood the Taylor Public Library, 801 Vance St., for a town hall meeting about Proposition 8.

State Representative James Talarico and Representative Dade Phelan will both attend and participate in the town hall.

Phelan is the chair of the committee that proposed the amendment.

Stone said the town hall is so residents can ask questions. The event is bi-partisan, so people of different political parties will lead the meeting.

"It's a non-partisan issue, so people can come and learn about it so they can cast an informed vote in November," Stone said.

The event was initiated by Talarico and Phelan with help from the city of Taylor and the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce.

"This will give our people a chance to meet [Talarico and Phelan] and learn about this proposal," Stone said.

Texas Proposition 8, the Flood Infrastructure Fund Amendment, is on the ballot in Texas as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on Nov. 5 (Election Day).

A "yes" vote supports this constitutional amendment to create the Flood Infrastructure Fund, which the Texas Water Development Board would use to provide financing for flood drainage, mitigation and control projects.

A "no" vote opposes this constitutional amendment to create the Flood Infrastructure Fund.

Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) would designate where revenue for the Flood Infrastructure Fund can come from. Revenue could come from legislative appropriations; general obligation bonds; fees and other sources that the legislature dedicates for the fund; repayments of loans made from the fund; interest earned on credits; depository interest; money from gifts, grants, or donations; and revenue bonds or other sources that the Texas Water Development Board designates for the fund.

State Rep. Dade Phelan (R-21) authored Proposition 8, which was introduced during the 2019 legislative session.

Information courtesy of www.ballotpedia.org.

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